PROBATE AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION SOLICITORS
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What Our Clients Say
Catherine was very approachable and a pleasure to deal with.Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
I was very grateful to Catherine Murton for all the home visits and especially for bringing forms for me to sign in hospital whilst I was ill and her concern for my health.Grateful Client
Personal recommendation is key when choosing a Solicitor and Pardoes have been impressive.Client of Catherine Murton
Excellent service. Adam explained everything extremely simply and well.Mr & Mrs W.
Very courteous and understanding.Client of Leanne Routledge
Liz Gilmour was a joy to work with on my probate, everyone so helpful, kind and efficient - KAProbate
You have been a great help.Client of Leanne Routledge
Everything was made very straight forward. We were completely satisfied with every aspect of your service.Client of Leanne Routledge
I was left at peace with what happened. Service is excellent. I cannot think how it could be improved.Client of Leanne Routledge
We would both like to thank you for the guidance and support you gave to us during what was a very difficult period. It is a great relief to be able to look forward after such a long time.Mr & Mrs S.
My questions/queries were answered promptly in a way I easily understood. I noticed Pardoes whilst travelling to Yeovil by bus. It had a small, open frontage with off road parking. It looked welcoming and professional. The service was absolutely first class. The receptionists were very professional. I would have no concerns approaching Pardoes for any further help or advice. Catherine Murton is superb.Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
Excellent service throughout. Everyone made me feel completely at ease.Mr D.
My needs met by friendly competent approachable people. Very happy thank you.Private client re Jacqui Hellings
Nigel is very good at his job. He looked after me and my mother so well. 10/10. A*. Keep up the good work you do.Client of Nigel Isaac
Good customer service and a solicitor who listens to what you want.Ms K.
Very helpful and understanding.Client of Catherine Murton
Nigel Isaac put me very much at ease and was very thoughtful when dealing with my husband during home visitsAnonymous in relation to Nigel Isaac
Everything you said and did removed our worries and stress. The service was exemplary. Thank you.Anonymous
Excellent customer service and professionalism.Client of Leanne Routledge
Your professionalism, your ability to be reassuring throughout the deserts of radio silence from the suits and your general good humour made the whole process much less painful than it might otherwise have been. As one whose default response is a Victor Meldrew harrumph, I am very grateful.Anonymous
Legal language is complicated but explained very clearly. Quick, efficient, clear, local, rang one day and appointment the next day!Private client
I was anxious about discussing my affairs. However, it became clear quickly that my anxieties were unfounded. I felt comfortable during our discussions. My problems were listened to. I was treated as an individual.Anonymous
Excellent Service!Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
Everything you said and did removed our worries and stress. The service was exemplary. Thank you.Mr & Mrs S.
We were received with patience and kindness from our solicitor.Private client
I only ever experienced a very high standard. Swift, efficient and welcoming.Client of Leanne Routledge
A good job well done, at a difficult time, Thank you.Ms P.
I walked in off the street, Leanne saw me immediately and completed in a week, very impressed. I must also say your Receptionists were excellent, very friendly.Client of Leanne Routledge
You cannot improve on perfection. Excellent service given.Client of Leanne Routledge
Found very helpful and pleasant, answered all questions no matter how stupid!Client of Catherine Murton
I have found everyone extremely helpful and patient in explaining the processes.Ms T.
Very satisfied with the work you did for us. Thank you.Private client
Personal attention - professional advice given in a friendly manner.Anonymous in relation to Leanne Routledge
The service was excellent and would be easy to recommend.Client of Leanne Routledge
Excellent service. Adam explained everything extremely simply and well.Mr & Mrs W.
Legalities were made very easy to understand.Client of Catherine Murton
All Receptionists were very good at all times. Leanne was very quick to respond and visit home as required. Also very helpful at all times and explained everything fully and carefully.Client of Leanne Routledge
Very professional and helpful.Anonymous in relation to Leanne Routledge
The advice and service I received was to a high standard and to my satisfaction.Ms A.
Professional, fast and courteous service, trustworthy. Solicitor exhibited personal concern and care.Mr M.
Adam was very professional and knowledgeable. He answered all my questions and followed my instructions.Ms A.
Our charges will be calculated by reference to the time spent by solicitors and executive staff dealing with the matter. Our hourly rates are between £145 and £275 per hour plus VAT depending on the experience and qualifications of the person undertaking the work. The average simple administration of an estate costs £3000 plus VAT.
The charging rates quoted are reviewed periodically. In addition there will be some or all of the following disbursements:
- Probate fees: £155 plus 50p per additional copy of the grant
- Bankruptcy searches: £2 per named search
- Trustee Act notices: £200 (approx. if required
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Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payments on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There is no VAT applicable to any disbursements.
Our first bill is usually submitted once we have submitted the application for the Grant to the Probate Registry. We then bill monthly or when the work in progress reaches £500 whichever is the sooner.
If it becomes apparent that more time is required then we have estimated, we shall let you know at the earliest possible opportunity. In any event we will review our costs with you every 6 months.
If for any reason this firm does not complete work you have instructed us to do then a charge subject to VAT will be made in respect of the work that has already been completed and you will also be billed for any expenses which we have incurred.
The charges set out above cover the following:
- There is a valid Will
- There is no more than one property
- There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
- There are no other intangible assets
- There are 1 – 4 beneficiaries
- There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
- There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC on Form IHT400
- There are no claims made against the estate
In particular, the estate administration does not extend to the formal setting up of any trusts contained in the Will and the costs for this work would be dealt with separately. Further it does not extend to advice regarding Deeds of Variation or the preparation of the Deed of Variation. Nor does it include the costs of dealing with the sale of any private company shares or the vesting of property into the names of the beneficiaries and completing the Land Registry requirements nor the conveyancing fees in connection with the sale of any property held in the estate.
If we are instructed to undertake further work we would need to make additional charges and I confirm that I will inform you of what these charges would be at that time.
The cost of administering a complex estate where Inheritance Tax is payable and a return on Form IHT400 is required depends on the number of assets involved and the complexity of the return required by H M Revenue and Customs can be £12,000 and above.
There is usually no problem over payment of our bill since it is a charge on the assets of the estate and the personal representatives and beneficiaries are not normally called upon to make any payment from their own pockets in this respect. However, we may ask the executors for money on account of the disbursements which will be refunded once estate funds become available.
Fixed Fee Grant Only
Our fees will be £850.00 plus VAT plus the following disbursements (there is no VAT applicable to any disbursements):
- Probate fees and office copies: £155 plus 50p per copy of the Grant of Probate
As part of our fixed fee we will:
- Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC form IHT 205
- Draft a statement of truth for execution by the Executors
- Make the application to the probate court on your behalf
- Obtain the probate and securely send two copies to you
The fee does not extend to ascertaining the value of assets, completion of Form IHT 400, distribution of the estate or the formal setting up of any trusts contained in the Will and the costs for this work would be dealt with separately. Further it does not extend to advice regarding Deeds of Variation or the preparation of a Deed of Variation. Nor does it include the costs of dealing with the sale of any private company shares or the vesting of property into the names of the beneficiaries and completing the Land Registry requirements nor the conveyancing fees in connection with the sale of any property held in the estate.
Grant only applications can usually be completed within six weeks of the date of instruction. The full administration of an estate can take between 6 and 12 months depending on the complexity of the estate.
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